The conversation is not about Cannes


Francis Ford Coppola's new film "Tetro" won't be headed to next month's Festival de Cannes.

Instead, the director plans to screen the movie's trailer May 1 at the San Francisco International Film Festival as part of a tribute evening in his honor. He'll then unveil the full film June 10 at the Seattle International Film Festival.

"Tetro" had been touted as a likely Cannes entry, but despite apparently receiving an invitation, Coppola decided against making the trek to the South of France.

"While I very much appreciate the invitation, this is an independent film, self-financed and self-released, and I felt that being invited for a noncompetition gala screening wasn't true to the personal and independent nature of this film," the director said Friday. "More important than Cannes, our team can focus all our time, energy and resources into the U.S. release this June 11." (partialdiff)